• By Troy Hawks You would think that having a below-the-knee leg amputation at the age of six months would tend to slow you down. But Jamie Stanton, who was born with a growth deficiency of the fibula (fibular hemimelia) never let it interrupt his love of sports, particularly ski racing. You can...

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  • Skiing Solo with Kids at SolVista

    on April 11 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off

    Skiing Solo with Kids at SolVista

    My husband was out of town for the weekend and I decided to take the kids skiing by myself. I don’t get a lot of time with them on my own and this seemed like a good way to get to know them again and make sure I still like them.
    I thought of where to go and decided on SolVista Basin. SolVista is like a mini Colorado ski Disney. They know what kids like and they cater to them. They just make it too easy to visit. You can almost hear Its a Small World After All when you get out of the car. Continue Reading

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  • Loveland’s Cinderella Story

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    Loveland’s Cinderella Story

    Post courtesy of Kristin Lummis who blogs at TheBraveskiMom.com

    It was 2:30 in the afternoon and snowing hard. Much as I hated to admit it, my chariot was on the verge of becoming a pumpkin. I needed to be home for dinner and unlike most Loveland skiers, I had to drive west.

    I’d already tried to click into the giveaway Icelantic skis, but like one of the ugly step sisters, my boot was too big for the binding and they were not to be mine. Still, after my first day of skiing at Loveland, on a powder day no less, I felt like Cinderella at the ball: “Is this really me? Am I having this much fun on a workday?”

    One of the super cool benefits of blogging this winter has been the ability to ski with media guides and resort insiders when I visit a new ski area. If you read my post on Snowmass two weeks ago, you know how helpful it can be to have a long-time local show you the mountain. Well, the same thing happened when I was at Loveland in late February for a Colorado Ski Country USA media day. I was put into a group led by Pip, the Assistant Director of the Loveland Ski Patrol. There was a lot of new snow and he knew where to find it. I’ll share some of his secrets.

    Photo courtesy Loveland Ski Area

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  • Steamboat Check List

    on March 29 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Sometimes it all just comes together. The stars align and things work out better than I could have planned. This is exactly what happened in Steamboat.

    We skied with the kids on the first day and saw….real wildlife. Spotted a Ptarmigan in the tree (educational moment-CHECK!).
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  • Winter Marches On In Colorado Ski Country USA

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    Winter Marches On In Colorado Ski Country USA

    Arapahoe Basin by Casey Day

    Arapahoe Basin by Casey Day

    Woo Hoo! It’s dumping in Colorado – again! Spring snow showers have laid a wealth of fresh powder across Colorado in the past 48 hours, giving skiers and riders incredible choices with which to revel in the last weekend of Colorado’s snowiest month.

    The copious amount of new snow, coupled with creative deals for spring, give skiers and riders a good excuse to get to the mountains. This weekend’s snowfall only emphasizes that ski season is still going strong in Colorado, while spring packages and events have been arranged to celebrate the end to some resorts’ seasons.
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  • Resorts Offer Discounts, Add Value for Spring and 2011-12 Season Passes

    on March 25 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Colorado Ski Country is entering the spring season, and so far it’s been full of both sunshine and snow. Now is the time to take advantage of many spring deals being offered from lifts to lodging.  And with a ski season that stretches into June, there are plenty of ski days still to be had for 2010-11. Savvy skiers can begin thinking ahead to next year and find added value by taking advantage of the discounted prices now available on next year’s resort season passes.
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  • Spring Break Guide to Snowmass: A Top 10 Guide for Skiing Families

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    Spring Break Guide to Snowmass: A Top 10 Guide for Skiing Families
    Guest post by Kristin Lummis who blogs at TheBraveSkiMom.

    Photo by Michael Neumann

    Photo by Michael Neumann

    One of my favorite Spring destinations is Snowmass. Yes, I love Snowmass because it is close to my home. But I also love Snowmass because it is a big mountain with a good bit of everything: super cruisers, steep extremes, gorgeous vistas and yummy food. The lift infrastructure has been continually upgraded through the years, most recently with the additions of the Sheer Bliss Express Quad and the Elk Camp Gondola. The terrain parks are graduated and my kids love them. And in the Spring, the sun is often warm and the snow soft well into the afternoon.

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  • Springtime Brings Bounty of Snow, Events to Colorado Ski Country

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    Did you know that Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) has one of the longest ski seasons in the country? Our resorts have peaks at lofty elevations, an average snowfall of more than 300 inches and the dry air that keeps it around longer than most other places. Colorado’s ski season typically stretches well into May providing skiers and riders with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Continue Reading

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  • On The “Best Day of the Year” You Can’t Beat Skiing Winter Park

    on March 14 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Guest post by Kristen Lummis who blogs at TheBraveSkiMom.com.

    On The “Best Day of the Year” You Can’t Beat Skiing Winter Park

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    This is a conversation I love to overhear in the lift line.

    Q: Have you been up today?  A: Oh yeah.
    Q: How’s the snow?  A: It’s the best day of the year.

    Glad I’m here, at Winter Park, on the “best day of the year.”

    When we lived in Denver for a couple of years, we rarely skied Winter Park. After this weekend, I have no idea why we didn’t go up every weekend. I can’t wait to go back.

    Here’s why:
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  • The Perfect Big Day Out: Telluride

    on March 10 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Guest post by Kristin Lummis who blogs at theBraveSkiMom.com.

    Friend 1 was having a really stressful week. Friend 2 loves to ski and will go skiing anywhere at anytime. I was jonesing for some steeps. Time for a “Big Day Out” at Telluride.

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  • Spring Storm Catapults Colorado into its Snowiest Month

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    Spring Storm Catapults Colorado into its Snowiest Month

    The beginning of this week delivered healthy amounts of snow to each of Colorado Ski Country USA’s 22 resorts. The fresh snow helped some resorts reach benchmark totals for the season, while for others, resulted in yet another classic Colorado spring storm blanketing runs for March skiing and riding.

    Telluride by Brett Schreckengost

    Telluride by Brett Schreckengost

    During the past 48 hours, Silverton’s 28 inches led the way for the state, while Telluride’s 14 inches gave skiers and riders amazing conditions in which to play. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort amassed 19 inches, and Wolf Creek rounded out the region with a massive foot and a half of fresh snow.

    Purgatory by Sven Brunso

    Purgatory by Sven Brunso

    Monarch’s 16 inches and Crested Butte’s seven inches kicked off their spring ski weeks on a great note. On the Western Slope, Powderhorn received a copious 14 inches of new snow, while in the northern part of the state, Steamboat’s 10 inches allowed that resort to reach another accumulation milestone for the season – helping Ski Town U.S.A. ® record a “four-wire winter,” which is when the snow stacks up past the resort’s fourth row of fence wires. Nearby Howelsen Hill reported just more than an inch from the storm.

    Monarch by Greg Ralph

    Monarch by Greg Ralph

    Aspen’s four resorts varied in 48 hour storm totals. Snowmass lead the way with three inches while Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk also reported fresh snow. Perched just up the road in Glenwood Springs, Sunlight saw a half-foot fall.

    Aspen by Jeremy Swanson

    Aspen by Jeremy Swanson

    In Leadville, Ski Cooper received a couple of inches of new snow, while Copper Mountain reported three. Winter Park accumulated five inches during the 48 hour time period, and just down the road, SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch was given two inches. Nearer to the Front Range, Loveland received six inches and Eldora received three fresh inches, while Arapahoe Basin and Echo benefited from two powdery inches each.

    Ski Cooper by Casey Day

    Ski Cooper by Casey Day

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